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Mental Health Police First Responder

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
York, Harrogate and Scarborough
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to additional funding via TEWV, CCG and the PCC we are in a position to continue to develop service delivery between Mental Health Services and North Yorkshire Police. This innovative way of working allows collaborative working between mental health services and the police working to ensure that people with mental health concerns receive the most appropriate care and support.

As a result of this additional funding we have full and part time vacancies across York, and Scarborough. We are looking to recruit highly motivated, experienced band 6 practitioners to be part of an existing team aimed at delivering support to people in York, Harrogate and Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale who present to the police in mental health distress.

Current vacancies

1.6 wte in York, (37.5 hours & 23 hours)

0.62 wte in Scarborough (23 hours)

Main duties of the job

Within this role you will be working alongside front line police officers to offer face to face assessment, advice and guidance to enable them to support people who present to the police in mental health distress as well as providing a telephone triage directly to the person of concern where deemed appropriate.

You will work closely with the Force Control Room Triage practitioner to ensure that people who are identified to have mental health concerns receive care and support from the Street Triage Team in a timely manner. You will also be required to work closely with the local Crisis, Liaison Teams and other mental health services.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

The team will be based in York - Force control room, Fulford Police Station and Scarborough Cross Lane Hospital (co located with the crisis team). The team will operate between the hours of 11.30 - 00.00, as part of a seven day rota.

All successful candidates will need to undertake the police level 3 vetting process, relevant DBS checks and desirably have basic IT skills as they will be required to have training and ongoing access to information on both Police IT systems and TEWV IT systems.

Job description Job responsibilities

Within this team as an autonomous practitioner you will need to demonstrate excellent assessment skills including assessment of risk and effective communication of this to all parties involved in an incident. You will need to be confident in your ability to make decisions under pressure and be able to prioritise your workload to ensure that all tasks are managed in accordance to their urgency and risk.

You will work closely with all areas of North Yorkshire Police force and help continue to build on existing relationships and working knowledge through informal sharing of information, knowledge and expertise.

Candidates for this role will need to have experience with working within mental health as well as working in an MDT approach; they will also need to have a good working knowledge of the mental health act and related legislation (Mental health act, capacity act etc.). It is desirable that candidates have a good working knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Current professional registration with a recognised professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor (or equivalent) or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with complex mental ill health, behavioural and social issues, in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experience.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Experience in forensic mental health or working with offenders.
Knowledge Essential
  • Good understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the roles and responsibilities of those working within it.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to clients, carers/families and all services within the Criminal Justice Pathway.
  • Provide leadership and monitor, co-ordinate and prioritise the activities of a team.

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